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#141 welshmagpie

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 07:26 PM

Amateur rugby? Last time I looked, Scorpions and Crusaders were in the same division!!!

I thought that as well CC, surely that has been misquoted?

#142 WelshpoolMarauder

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 07:37 PM

I thought that as well CC, surely that has been misquoted?


I get the feeling he means that he's gone back to an amateur side for the time being, until he sorts things out with the Scorpions, as opposed to it being a dig at the Scorpions!

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 07:57 PM

I get the feeling he means that he's gone back to an amateur side for the time being, until he sorts things out with the Scorpions, as opposed to it being a dig at the Scorpions!

Played a couple of games at Woolston Rovers before signing at South Wales

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 09:38 PM

Scorpions make history as try machine comes south

South Wales Scorpions have created history by signing “try machine” Billy Sheen from North Wales Crusaders.


The acquisition of the 23-year old half-back is unique as Sheen is the first player to travel from North to South Wales to join the Scorpions from their Welsh rivals.


Sheen really caught the eye of supporters in North Wales Crusaders’ first ever fixture at Leigh East last season, picking up a hat-trick of tries in a solid performance and giving him the nickname “try machine”.


He then had an excellent competitive record for the Crusaders in 2012 scoring eight tries in 14 games but he has found himself out of favour with their coach Clive Griffiths this year, playing in just the one game, and scoring a try, against Hemel Stags.


Sheen starting professionally in the academy ranks at St Helens after spending a successful year at Warrington Wizards in the 2009 Conference National season and was a try scoring machine as he helped them qualify for the play-offs. He was then a prominent try scorer in the academy set-up for Leigh Centurions before joining the Crusaders.


Scorpions coach Dave Clark said: “I’m really pleased that Billy has chosen to join the Scorpions. He hasn’t been able to break into the Crusaders side this season which is surprising considering his obvious talent. We think he’ll perform an solid partnership with either Grant Gore, who we’ve signed on loan from Widnes, and also with our up and coming Welsh talented players in Courtney Davies and Kristian Hawkes. I’m sure all Scorpions fans are looking forward to seeing him in action when he first plays at The Gnoll on Sunday 16th June against Oldham.”


Sponsored by Rugby League and League Express newspaper, the Scorpions are holding a Father’s Day special at their match against Oldham Roughyeds on Sunday 16th June where families can enjoy the day at The Gnoll and have a carvery meal in addition to watching the big match. Bookings are essential and need to be made by Wednesday 12th June online at

#145 DugSWRLgan

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 11:40 AM

Gerwyn Price and Matthew Wilcox join the Scorpions

South Wales Scorpions made two late new signings last week, both of whom made their debuts in the impressive 46-18 win over Gloucestershire All Golds in Cheltenham on Sunday.

Former Neath RFC favourite Gerwyn Price was one of them. He will be available to play for the Scorpions up until the last home game of the regular season.


The 28-year old has played for Cross Keys for the last two years, scoring a try for them in their 2012 SWALEC Cup Final win, and has said that he will return to the WRU Premiership for the start of their 2013-14 season.


Newport-born and Blackwood based, Price initially played for Keys in 2004 before spending six successful seasons at The Gnoll for Neath RFC.


A Wales under 18 and under 21 international in rugby union, he recently played at the highest level in the domestic UK game when he made two appearances on loan with Pro 12 side Glasgow Warriors.


A hooker in union, he will play as prop in Rugby League and came on for the last ten minutes of the win in Cheltenham.


Scorpions’ coach Dave Clark says that he should get more time on the pitch over the next weeks starting with the home game against Oldham Roughyeds this Sunday 16th June at The Gnoll in Neath (kick-off 3pm).


“He’s known for his good defence and I know he’s played Rugby League before in the past so he knows how to play the game,” Clark said. “It showed in his first defensive shot where he flattened one of their players.


“I said to him after the game that his time on the field will increase. He’ll play an important part of our middle unit over the next few weeks in regards to set plays especially. He’ll learn that position more over the next few weeks and when he gets more confident with it, he’ll get more time on the field.”


The second signing was 22-year old centre Matthew Wilcox (pictured) who the club have signed from Nottingham Outlaws.


The Cardiff-born Wilcox started in rugby union with Cowbridge Comprehensive School before going through the Cardiff Blues Academy and then playing for Eastern Suberbs in Canberra. He switched to league when attending Nottingham Trent University and helped to lead his side to a Student Rugby League title in 2013.


“Matty Wilcox had a bit of time of the left side centre and did well but it was about giving him some field time,” Clark said. “Like Gerwyn, I think he’ll get more time as the weeks go on and gets used to our system.”


The third debutant on the field on Sunday was Grant Gore, a half-back on loan from Widnes Vikings and his Super League quality showed.


“Grant comes from Super League and comes with some really good attributes as a player,” Clark added. “He fitted into our side like he’s been here for years and that’s the calibre of player that he is. It was good to have him out there with us and he made a big difference to the team.”


Clark was pleased with the Scorpions’ big win and most of all the fact that they hardly put a foot wrong in the second half.


“It was nice to see us compete in a second half when at times this season we’ve been falling away after an even first half,” he said. “In this game the second half was important to us as they were playing well and put a lot of pressure on us. We made about 12 or 13 mistakes in the first half and it fatigued us so it was important that we didn’t do that after the interval. We didn’t and we only made about two mistakes after that. I was very pleased with how the side gelled together and I hope we can build on that next Sunday when we take on Oldham at The Gnoll.”

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#146 DugSWRLgan

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 11:45 AM






Clive Griffiths wants to go out of his long association with student rugby league on a high with Wales this year.


Griffiths has selected a 24-man squad for Wales' tilt at the World Cup in July and said: “We are under no pressure.”


Wales reached the semi-finals of the last World Cup in 2008 where they went out to Australia but played well enough for the injured Kangaroos captain, on crutches, to walk in their changing room and congratulate them.


And last year, they played in the Home Nations against England, Scotland and Ireland and gave a good account of themselves.


Griffiths said: “I want the boys who were with us last year to carry on the success from there. We have the nucleus of that squad with us again but it is disappointing that we have lost one or two boys who have left to go to work.


“But we are under no pressure. Australia, New Zealand and England are the favourites going into these tournaments, particularly Australia and New Zealand who had dominated the World Cup since it started.”


Training sessions have been on-going for a while now, and Griffiths said the Welsh squad are coming together nicely.


“We have a 24-man squad and will have to draw on them anyway because the schedule is the most demanding I have ever come across with five games in 12 days. So everyone will play.


“It's all very positive with us. This will be my last Student World Cup as coach and for ninety per cent of the squad, it will be the first and last time they experience it. So I want us to enjoy it and play some good rugby league.”


Wales Student World Cup squad (with university names in brackets)


Backs: L. Weaver(Llandrillo), T.Hughes(Loughborough), P.Evans(Gloucester), J.Gahan(Gloucester), Y.Parker(Gloucester), S.Wright(Cardiff Met), J.Knight(Cardiff Met), C.Bennett (Cardiff Met),, S.Amber(Cardiff Met), J.Morgan(Leeds Met), B.West(Coventry)


Forwards: I.Duffy(Cardiff Met), H.Elliott(Glamorgan), C.Wilkinson(Cardiff Met), V.Coker(Cardiff Met), M.Connor(Glamorgan), O.Griffiths(Leeds Met), L.Singleton (Cardiff Met), M.Ward(Newcastle), M.Wilcox, A.Munns(St Marys), O.Davies(Glamorgan), J.Davies(Cardiff Met), O.Phillips(Glamorgan)


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Posted 10 June 2013 - 11:47 AM




South Wales Conference


Newport Titans 16 Cardiff Demons 52


Valley Cougars 68 Borderer Boars 10



North Wales Conference


Wrexham Bradley Raiders 52 Conwy Celts 70





Torfaen Tigers Development XIII 56 Gwendraeth Valley Raiders 16



CARDIFF Demons put in a top performance to take the honours against traditional rivals Newport Titans in the South Wales Conference.

And there was an incredible match

The Demons went over 11 times at the home of the Titans to serve notice of their intention to be real contenders for this summer's title.

The Titans defence was put into action early but by the end tries from Victor Coka, Phil Carleton, Liam Carey Joel Knight, Artous Kozels, Neil Dallimore, Angus Hogg and two each from Nicky Kelly and Izaak Duffy saw the Demons home.

Scott Amber, Dan Henderson and Lewis Pearce all kicked goals for the Demons with Simon Rees and Pat James among the try-scorers for the Titans.

Newport team manager Nathan Bird admitted the Demons were too powerful for his side this time. He said; “They have the edge playerwise. They had ex-Scorpions Phil and Neil Dallimore and their squad had good quality right through.

“We played well during periods of the match. We defended well for the first 20 minutes of the first half. We have got a lot of boys who haven't played much rugby league.”

However, home full-back Dwayne Bailey, said Bird, had another good game and is unlucky not to have been included in the Wales Dragonhearts squad for the forthcoming internationals.

He added: “Dale Tucker did well, Rhys Meredith again was outstanding and Pat James and Rhys Hendley have been consistent performers. John Lavender was again a handful for the Demons.”

Valley Cougars scored 12 tries in their 68-10 victory over Borderer Boars in Treharris on Saturday as the Cougars' Wales Dragonhearts selections had good games.

Martin Luckwell and Daniel Davies both scored a brace of tries among the total,while Paul Emmanuelli kicked ten of the goals as the Cougars maintained their drive for the Grand Final which will see them go head-to-head with the Demons in a fortnight.

In North Wales, Lewis Stockton scored six tries in an incredible match between Wrexham Bradley Raiders and Conwy Celts which saw reigning champions Conwy win 70-52.

Wrexham were 16 points up at one stage before Conwy clawed it back. In a ding-dong battle after the break, the tries flowed in but the Celts kept their noses in front.

Conwy coach Ray Caldwell said: “It was a bit of a basketball game. It was very much like the game we had with Flintshire. We were light on numbers but we travelled and played which was the main thing.

“It was hot conditions and Wrexham had good numbers and they are a big physical outfit who have some good players.

“It was a really good effort from our guys who had to dig deep. After the game, the guys realised that some of them let go a couple of soft tries but I am immensely proud of the lads who did turn out and lasted the full eighty minutes.”

Meanwhile, Torfaen Tigers played a friendly against new side Gwendraeth Valley Raiders and came out 56-16 winners.

The Tigers' first team had a break from Conference action so they fielded a development XIII against the Kidwelly-based side who made the journey down the M4 to Cwmbran for the game.

The Tigers gave debuts to three players and there were first games of the season for several more of the side.

Gwendraeth Valley tried hard but Torfaen took control in the first-half to lead 32-0 at the break. Shaun Watkins, Kyle Scrivens, Jordan Bailey, debutant John Mislejen all got tries while second row Mikki Witts scored a brace before the interval, with Ieaun Beale kicking four goals.

The second-half was a tighter affair but Torfaen were again in dominant mood as Watkins added a second try while Witts and Scrivens completed hat-tricks. Luke Brown added a tenth try with Beale adding another goal.

But credit must go to the visitors who refused to give up and managed to score three tries, with two from Huw Wright. Tom Williams kicked two goals.

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 11:50 AM

North Wales Crusaders recorded their seventh win on the bounce in a titanic battle with the much-improved Oldham Roughyeds.

It all came down to Lewis Palfrey’s conversion attempt, which he happened to miss, after Jon Ford’s try on the hooter had brought Oldham back to within two points.

Crusaders head coach Clive Griffiths was just pleased to pick up another victory and commended the visitors on producing such a tough encounter.

“It’s a win and I would have settled for that this morning. You’ve got to win ugly at times and that was the case today”, he said.

“We got ourselves into a good position after half-time, and we did exactly what we said we were going to do, but then we went away from that.

“We had a few unforced errors in the middle third and that cost us, but full credit to Oldham for what they did out there today.

“I’ve watched them the last couple of weeks. They’ve got a good young coach in Scott Naylor and they were always going to be well prepared.

“It was a game that we had to win, which now makes it seven from seven, and it puts us in a good position going into the next few weeks on our travels.”

Crusaders opened the scoring when Gary Middlehurst ran on to a short pass and managed to ground, despite being pushed back by the Roughyeds’ defence.

Errors started to creep into the home side’s game as the pressure mounted and, after a knock-on, Oldham crossed for their first try through Richard Lepori.

Belief was beginning to grow in the visitors’ camp after drawing level and Mo Agoro’s try, collecting a delightful kick to the corner from Palfrey, gave them a half-time lead.

But the response from Crusaders after the restart showed just why they have been tipped for success in 2013.

Reardon sent Birkett over in the corner, before a Jamie Dallimore kick caused confusion in the Oldham defence and Middlehurst touched down his second.

Jamie Clarke’s powerful surge through the middle provided good field position for the home side and Stuart Reardon took full advantage, breaking on the right wing and offloading back inside for Tommy Johnson.

Adam Files brought the deficit back to six points for Oldham soon after, before Ford’s effort at the death put the result in the hands of Lewis Palfrey, who sliced the conversion wide.


1 Tommy Johnson
22 Dan Birkett
17 Stuart Reardon
4 Leon Brennan
5 Rob Massam
6 Andy Moulsdale
23 Jamie Dallimore
30 Owain Brown
14 Dave McConnell
21 Simon Stephens
11 Andy Gorski
12 Gary Middlehurst
15 Toby Adamson
9 Lee Hudson
13 Jono Smith
27 Jamie Clarke
16 Ryan MacDonald

Tries: Middlehurst 13, 47, Birkett 43, Johnson 49
Goals: Johnson 3/4

Attendance: 962

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 11:54 AM

The latest Rugby League International Federation world rankings have been released, with Australia stretching their lead over New Zealand following their ANZAC Test triumph in Canberra.

Tonga’s convincing win over Samoa on the same weekend sees the Pacific Islanders move up two places, breaking into the top 10 and overtaking the USA and Scotland.

The two European Shield matches in May have allowed Russia and Serbia to close the gap on Italy, with Russia poised to move ahead of the 14th-placed Italians should they win in Padova on June 29.

Germany’s victory over the Netherlands sees them move from 20th to 19th place, while Netherlands enters the rankings system for the first time.


RLIF World Rankings – June 2013

1 Australia

2 New Zealand

3 England

4 France


6 Papua New Guinea

7 Fiji

8 Samoa

9 Ireland

10 Tonga

11 Scotland

12 USA

13 Italy

14 Russia

15 Serbia

16 Lebanon

17 Cook Islands

18 Germany

19 Canada

20 Norway

21 Malta

22 Jamaica

23 Ukraine

24 South Africa

25 Latvia

26 Denmark

27 Estonia

28 Sweden

29 Netherlands

30 Morocco

31 Belgium

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 12:12 PM

Joe Burke - Positive times returning to the Scorps

South Wales Scorpions skipper Joe Burke believes that the positive times will return to the club following their outstanding second half performance on Sunday at Gloucestershire All Golds where they won 46-18.

The club have recently lost a few players but have made some positive new signings with all three debutants on Sunday putting in hard working performances.


And with Billy Sheen due to arrive from North Wales this week, Burke believes that he could be the final link in what is a new fresh outlook for the side.


“We all sat down last week as a team so we could through a bit of feedback and discuss what we need to do to get ourselves back on track,” Burke said. “We’ve had some poor results recently especially in the second halves of matches so we knew that we needed to change the attitude within the club and the attitude with the boys.


“Yes it is hard with people leaving and new people coming in as we need to get systems in place and some consistency each week. But it’s testament to the boys to show the spirit we’ve got and to stick together and go through the hard times. We showed that we could benefit from this with our win at Gloucester last Sunday and now with Billy Sheen coming in too we’re looking at getting a consistent half-back pairing and we can build from there.”


The Scorpions will be back at The Gnoll this Sunday for the first time in seven weeks when they take on Oldham Roughyeds (kick-off 3pm) and after two wins and two defeats since they were last in Neath, Burke says that the players can’t wait to get back onto home turf.


“Everyone’s looking forward to coming home to The Gnoll,” he said. “There have been some long trips over the last seven weeks.


“Now we’re back, we want to get some good results for the home fans. Everyone gives 100% at training at that did show last Sunday. Sometimes we do drop off the pace a bit, it happens, but the positive times are ahead for us. I’m just asking fans to come along this Sunday and cheer us on as hopefully this win against Gloucester will kick start a good run of home wins.”


Sponsored by Rugby League and League Express newspaper, the Scorpions are holding a Father’s Day special at their match against Oldham Roughyeds on Sunday 16th June where families can enjoy the day at The Gnoll and have a carvery meal in addition to watching the big match. Bookings are essential and need to be made by Wednesday 12th June online at http://www.scorpions...s/Article/29444.


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Posted 12 June 2013 - 12:14 PM

North Wales Crusaders are pleased to announce their inaugural Captain’s Golf Day partnered by Allington Hughes Law sponsors of North Wales Crusaders Captain Andy Moulsdale.

Join North Wales Crusaders and Allington Hughes Law in the prestigious Captain’s Golf Day on the Nicklaus Course, Carden Park. Teams of up to four and individual entries are invited at the cost of £50pp. The golf day will take place on July 5th 2013 at Carden Park, CH3 9DQ on the Nicklaus Course. Arrival is for 9.30am with the first tee time at 10.32am.

You will be greeted with tea/coffee and breakfast butties before embarking on the Nicklaus Course for 18 holes. As well as a fierce battle for both individual player accolade and the team title, there’ll be other challenges along the way such as the longest drive on the 4th hole and nearest the pin on the 16th. The day finishes with a lunch and presentations in the prestigious Jack’s Bar in the Clubhouse. No need to worry if you’re new to the game, there’ll be generous handicaps given to all players!

All proceeds go towards support of the club and the days designated charities AT Society and B.I.R.D.

For further details or to book your place please contact Hanna Clarke on 08432 896 407 / commercial@crusadersrfl.com

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#152 gogledd

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 05:09 PM

8th June 2013


North Wales Crusaders Wheelchair Rugby League team narrowly lose against Bradford Bulls 26 - 27.


A very strong display from the North Wales side who were playing only their second ever competitive game. Although just missing the winning result the team can be justly proud of getting so close to last years Champions.

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Posted 14 June 2013 - 11:58 AM


Under 16 game launches exciting weekend
South Wales Scorpions’ coach Dave Clark is delighted at the amount of junior and development Rugby League games being played by the Scorpions and related WRL sides this weekend.


Clark, who has a dual role with WRL to help run the academy sides in South Wales, will be coaching Scorpions under 16s on Saturday as they take on the RFL Midlands regional academy at the University of Glamorgan Sport Park on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 2.30pm).


The two sides met last year at Caerphilly with the young Welsh side running out 40-14 winners.


It is the last scheduled game for the 16s until their big match against Wigan on July 25th so please come down and support them if you can. Admission is £3 for adults, free for children and programmes will be on sale.


At the same time on Saturday, the Scorpions’ under 20s travel north to face Keighley Cougars at Cougars Park. The match is part of a family fun day for the Yorkshire club and entry is free.


There is a big day at The Gnoll in Neath on Sunday which starts at midday when Neath and District Scorpions under 13s kick off their 2013 season when they take on Cardiff Demons.


The youngsters played friendly matches last year but in 2013 are competing in a three-team mini-league alongside two clubs from the capital - the Demons and Cardiff Spartans.


The Spartans and the Demons have already met once this season with the Spartans winning 56-12.


Then at 1.25pm, the fourth round of the South Wales Evening Post sponsored Primary Schools tournament takes place.


Waunceirch Warriors currently lead the table with 16 tries, followed by Crynallt Crusaders on eight tries.


Four matches are being held before the senior game between South Wales Scorpions and Oldham Roughyeds (kick-off 3pm) with another two at half-time.


Clark said: “We’re all delighted that so much is happening in South Wales in regards to local youngsters playing Rugby League.


“Everyone at South Wales Scorpions and Wales Rugby League are making a tremendous joint effort to develop the game down here and the two organisations are working together in a more positive way than I’ve seen for a long time.


“Sunday at The Gnoll will be a tremendous day. I’m pleased to see that we’ve adopted the local under 13s side who are able to call The Gnoll their home ground. Good luck to both them and Cardiff Demons, I hope it’s a well-fought match.


“As coaches and players we’ve really been enjoying watching the Primary School youngsters playing tag Rugby League on The Gnoll and we know they’ve been enjoying themselves too. There’s only a couple of weeks to go now before the national and local finals of the tournament and we’re really pleased that it’s been a success.


“So please come along to Treforest on Saturday and then Neath on Sunday for two great days of Rugby League.”


Sponsored by Rugby League and League Express newspaper, the Scorpions are holding a Father’s Day special at their match against Oldham Roughyeds on Sunday 16th June where families can enjoy the day at The Gnoll and have a carvery meal in addition to watching the big match.

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Posted 14 June 2013 - 12:00 PM

North Wales Crusaders Director Bob Wilson has been appointed Wales RL Team Manager as the build-up towards this year’s Rugby League World Cup continues to grow. Bob has been a board member since the launch as a Championship One club and was also instrumental in forming the club’s pioneering para-sport team which will form the nucleus of the national squad at next month’s Wheelchair World Cup, as well as many other community projects for the Crusaders in the North Wales region. Bob is a retired Police Superintendent who has served the police in many crucial roles across many platforms over a long career in the service.. Wales Rugby League’s Chief Operating Officer Chris Thair enthused: “We’re extremely fortunate to have someone of Bob’s calibre and experience already involved in Rugby League in Wales, so it was an easy choice for us to ask him to step up to this role with the national side.“Having led contingency planning on a national scale working with all emergency services and Government departments to respond to major incidents, his experience will prove to be extremely useful addition to our team.“The role of team manager is critical in any major tournament as the logistics of moving the squad across three training bases and three stadiums is intense.“It’s critically important that the coaching team are given the space to focus purely on on-field matters and that’s where a good support structure is essential”.Bob will now work closely with Wales national coach Iestyn Harris and his backroom staff in the run up to the World Cup, which kicks-off on October 26 at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium. Speaking about his appointment, he said “I’m delighted to be involved with Wales Rugby League at such an exciting time, working on the pinnacle tournament for the sport. As a proud Welshman there is nothing I’d like more than to help the team succeed this Autumn and I can’t wait to get started.”Wales will play Italy on the opening day of the World Cup in Cardiff which forms a double-header with the first game of the tournament between England and Australia. The Welsh squad then play the USA at Wrexham’s Glyndwr University Racecourse Ground on Sunday November 3 before their final group game with the Cook Islands at The Gnoll, Neath, on November 10. Should they win the group, Wales will then face the massive and exciting prospect of playing probably either England or Australia in the quarter-finals again in Wrexham. - See more at: http://www.mission20...h.xt0HE2KI.dpuf

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Posted 14 June 2013 - 12:05 PM




CENTRE Leon Brennan believes North Wales Crusaders have confirmed without doubt that they are the best team in Championship One.

Brennan celebrated Lewis Palfrey’s missed conversion, which handed Crusaders a 22-20 success over Oldham at The Racecourse on Sunday, by punching the air triumphantly.
The 26-year-old revealed the nature of his celebration came as a result of Oldham’s attitude earlier in the contest.
“It was good when they missed the kick at the end because they were being cocky at half-time when we were going in, they were really ‘geed up’,” he said. “They thought they were going to beat us so it was great to come back and get the victory. They were being cocky all game.
“At the beginning they said we were the two best teams in the league, but we’ve proven now that we are the best team in the league by far now.”
That’s not to say that Crusaders weren’t given an almighty scare by Oldham, who produced the best performance by an away side in Wrexham this term.
Crusaders are used to blowing teams out of the water on home turf, but Scott Naylor’s visitors forced the men in red to make uncharacteristic mistakes.
Brennan knows that he and his team mates were forced to dig deep in order to extend their perfect start to the Championship One season.
“A win is a win and we are seven from seven,” he said. “We just need to keep going because we make life difficult for ourselves sometimes.
“We just weren’t completing our sets, I think there were five sets on the bounce where we invited pressure and made it almost impossible to get the win.
“Oldham nearly took the victory away, but it in the end it was good to get the win and all of the boys were happy in the changing rooms.
“We knew it was going to be hard work and it was made even tougher going in behind at half-time.
“We showed great character to come back, but we don’t half make it difficult and I don’t know why that is. We obviously don’t like winning games easily.”
Having started the month with back-to-back home games Crusaders now face testing trips to Hemel Stags and Gloucestershire All Golds before promotion hopefuls Rochdale Hornets visit The Racecourse on June 30.
That clash in Wrexham is the Crusaders last league fixture before they tackle London Skolars in the Northern Rail Bowl final at The Shay on July 20.
And Brennan wants to head into the new-look club’s first ever final having won all five matches in June.
He said: “This is a hard month for us, we know what we need to do to win the next three games before we get a rest ahead of the final.
“We have an eye on that because it would be nice to get some silverware, but the league is what we want and we will keep working hard.”

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Posted 14 June 2013 - 12:32 PM

Dan Fleming says he must keep producing the goods for Castleford in order to earn a place in Wales' World Cup squad.

The Tigers back-row forward made his Wales debut against France 12 months ago after sending an email to head coach Iestyn Harris, informing him of his eligibility through his Welsh grandmother.

The initiative paid off, as did a similar move 12 months earlier when he contacted Castleford while playing for King Cross amateur club.

The 20-year-old made his Super League debut against London Broncos in March and has appeared in the Tigers' last three games under new coach Daryl Powell.

The youngster is now hoping to keep his spot in the Castleford team and push for a place in Harris' World Cup squad.

"It was the same again," he said. "I just sent an email and Iestyn asked me to come down to a training session.

"I got selected to play against France in a mid-season Test, which was a massive honour.

"I injured my knee and didn't play for the rest of last season so I was a bit shocked to get selected for the tri-nations series against England and France.

"It was a massive honour. I'd like to play in the World Cup and, if I can get some more Super League games in, hopefully I'll be up for selection."

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 08:36 AM

North Wales Crusaders fell to their first league defeat with an 18-10 defeat at the hands of Hemel Stags. The Wrexham-based side scraped a 22-20 victory over Oldham last weekend but, on the back of another high error count, there was no let off from the Stags as they turned around their recent dip in form. The sides were level pegging at 10-10 at the break, but after the restart Hemel’s defence stood strong as a unit and showed a decisive touch going forward when required. Hemel opened the scoring when, after being held up in-goal in the build-up, Ben Young sent a perfect kick to the right corner, which Mason Caton-Brown latched on to despite the attention of Rob Massam. The visitors did hit back immediately through Dan Birkett, who supported a Stuart Reardon break to finish in the right corner. Gary Middlehurst then collected a fine cut-out pass from Adamson to cross for his fourteenth try of the campaign. The tie dried out for the remainder of the half as both sides came up with a handful of errors, but Aaron Small sparked some life back in to the encounter as he intercepted an Andy Moulsdale offload to race the length of the field. There was no shortage of chances for Crusaders, but every one of note in the second half was bombed in what turned out to be a frustrating afternoon for the Welshmen. Rob Massam had a fantastic opportunity to score in the corner as he drove at the line, eventually being bundled into touch, before Gary Middlehurst also spurned an opportunity as he failed to collect Dave McConnell’s pass. BJ Swindells took advantage of Crusaders’ inability to take their chances as he notched on two points with a penalty goal to give his side the lead. And Mason Caton-Brown took the tie firmly out of North Wales’ reach when he showed great strength to touch down in the right corner on the hooter. - See more at: http://www.mission20...h.78wr3Np8.dpuf

#158 Pen-Y-Bont Crusader

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 06:50 PM

The news you have been waiting for came a step closer to being announced this afternoon.

Although I can't name names just yet, I'd like to record a big thanks to all involved, working very hard together to make sure everything starts off on the right foot and continues from then on.


#159 GeordieSaint

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 07:03 PM

The news you have been waiting for came a step closer to being announced this afternoon.

Although I can't name names just yet, I'd like to record a big thanks to all involved, working very hard together to make sure everything starts off on the right foot and continues from then on.





This is painful for us looking forward to the news!

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#160 welshmagpie

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 08:14 PM

This is painful for us looking forward to the news!

I know the feeling! Really been looking forward to this news.